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Quote of the day No 335

Tuesday 20 August 2019

However, the eventual break was several years off, and during that time we all, together and severally, made trips on various canals throughout the country. The most notable was in a small hired boat called Ailsa Craig, in which we explored the northern canals with the Sutherlands and the Rolts. The lock dimensions were unsuited to the narrow boat, but for six weeks we journeyed in it and its engine never failed to fail us. Somehow, between them, James Sutherland and Tom Rolt kept it going. I learned to work locks, cook suppers on a primus with steamers, and to steer. The high point of our journey was the navigation of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, which ran across the Pennines from Ashton to Huddersfield. It had seventy-four locks in its nineteen miles, all of them in bad repair, and at its summit a tunnel, Standedge, that was three and a half miles long with adits to the main railway line, which meant it frequently filled with dense black smoke. We got stuck in it, and had to remove our rubbing strakes, which gave us an extra three-quarters of an inch leeway. It was an adventure, and we were the last people to go through the tunnel.

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